Should there be a fee to borrow library books?

A British author told the BBC last week that in light of the impact of government budget cuts, libraries should consider charging a small fee for checking out a book. Michael Jecks, who bills himself as “Master of the Medieval Murder Mystery,” suggested a charge of 15 pence (currently about 22 cents). He doesn’t believe […]

Banned books debate goes local

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The Sioux Falls School District has removed a graphic novel from student access at two middle school libraries. The book, Stuck in the Middle: 17 Comics from an Unpleasant Age, now is available only for school staff to check out and use in class. Although I blog frequently about banned books, I […]

Banned Books Week: Handling book challenges in the schools

More than any other institution, schools are the focus of challenges to books, whether because of required reading in a course or simply because a certain book is available in the library. The Sioux Falls School District has specific procedures in place to address challenges if they arise. While the procedures differ somewhat depending upon […]

Banned Books Week: Handling book challenges at the library

Although South Dakota doesn’t appear to have faced any book challenges recently, the same source indicates 70 to 80 percent of challenges are never reported. As part of Banned Books Week, I think it’s important to know how the institutions in your community would deal with a challenge should it arise. Today, I’ll take a […]

Musing Mondays: Library Meme

Library Habits meme:

1. If you don’t frequent your local library, why not? 2. If you do visit the library, how often do you go? 3. Do you have a favorite section that you always head to first, or do you just randomly peruse the shelves? 4. How many books are you allowed to […]